I have been reading quite a lot on this website already. 2 months ago I started hatching runner duck eggs in my self made incubator. The first time unfortunately zero of my 3 eggs hatched. (1 infertile, 1 early death and 1 death after internal pip)
The second time went better. I got 7 out of 8 fertile eggs and they all developed well. In the end only 3 of them pipped and hatched so I think something still went wrong somewhere, I guess the humidity.
1 was so weak and had a lot of problems, she died after 2 days.
1 went to my aunt who has 2 more ducklings and 1 stayed with us. 4 weeks earlier we bought a runner duckling that someone else hatched and named her (probably her) Pip and the little one we named Lilly.
Pip is now 6 weeks old. I am wondering is he ready to go outside yet? The lowest it gets here in the night is now between 50-55. (Holland) He has a rabbit cage with lots of straw and a stuffed duck toy. He is not peeping when he is outside, only a little bit when he sees me but after that he is quiet again. Do you guys think it is alright? I see more and more white coming through on his belly.
My other question is about Lilly. When she hatched, 1 eye was closed. Everyday we cleaned it with cooked (and of course let it cool off first) water. After a few days a small yellow thingy came out but the eye was visible now. As you can see on the picture it has a white spot and it is not very clear. She also cannot (fully) see through that eye. Looking at her reflects I think she does see a little bit tho.. Has someone see this before and do you think this will maybe heal? If not I guess he will be able to live with 1 eye but of course 2 would always be easier ;-)
Here are some pics:
Lilly 1 week
Lilly and Pip
Lilly when the yellow thing was just removed
Thanks in advance for the advice!!
Lilly waving y'all a goodnight! :)